“Letter to Me” by: Brad Paisley is a song about looking back over your life in your younger years. It is a song about life and the pursuit of happiness through faith.
If you wrote a letter to yourself while in your younger years, what would you have written?
I believe that everything in life happens for a reason, so I wouldn’t change much. I would warn myself about my upcoming addiction, but since I am a genetic alcoholic (my belief and opinion on alcoholism/addiction), I don’t think it would have had much impact. I would also tell to stay closer to some of my best friends and to spend more time with my friends and family. I’d include building a better relationship with my older brother and letting myself know that those could be some of the best years of my life. I didn’t take high school very seriously, as I made my schedule as easy as possible and left a lot of friends hanging, when they were trying to reach me to provide help about how much alcohol I was consuming and why I was using it. Back then, I would also warn myself about the people in college I would meet and how they would use me and leave me for others.
I would also tell myself to explore Christ and how spiritual connectivity / beliefs would impact my life in positive ways that are unimaginable. I am a strong Christian now, with strong beliefs. I don’t like to think in a “could have, wish I would have” mind frame, but knowing what I know now about the power of my higher belief, God, would have dramatically impacted my life.
Most, importantly, I’d let myself know that even though I am going to be facing adversity with alcoholism and bipolar, it’s going to be okay and not to give up. There were times in my early 20’s where I wanted to give up on life and actually did give up on my beliefs that the situations I created could / would get better. I am so thankful that treatment, my addiction and bipolar disorder made me who I am today.
I want to reiterate that I am not writing this in a “I wish I would have” manner or complaining about my life. I am thinking out-loud of some of the adversity I faced over the years and some of the things I could have done a little differently. I love my life, where I have been and where I am going in my recovery, career, family, etc.
If you were to write a letter today to your future self, what would it say?
(I think I am going to try this, put it in a safe place and read it in 20 years)